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Mr. Miller has many years of experience in designing and implementing a comprehensive variety of Trusts, Wills, and other estate planning documents, as well as settling estates in the most expedient and appropriate method. Further, he counsels and assists clients on becoming eligible for VA benefits and Medi-Cal.

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Mr. Miller has many years of experience in designing and implementing a comprehensive variety of wills, trusts and other estate planning documents, using strategies appropriate to each situation — from the basic to the most complex.

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Mr. Miller has many years of experience in designing and implementing a comprehensive variety of wills, trusts and other estate planning documents, using strategies appropriate to each situation — from the basic to the most complex.

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Wills and Living Wills Lawyer in San Diego, California


The matter of enacting the wishes of the deceased may involve simply reading the person’s will to understand his intentions. When a will is unclear or nonexistent, determining those wishes becomes much more complex and challenging. In this case, the laws of intestacy come into effect and the state of California intervenes to dictate the terms of the will. The property of the deceased will no longer be dispersed according to the wishes of either him or his family, but rather according to state laws.

Without a will, your assets could be in danger. In the absence of a will, state laws control these assets. The results are out of your control. Maintain control of your assets and do not let this happen to you. If an experienced attorney works with you to create a will, you will remain in control of your assets.

Why Do I Need a Will?

It is essential to create a will for those situations when you will need to have the final say on a matter in the event of your death. A will allows you control over many aspects of your life:

  • Appointing a guardian for children
  • Naming property beneficiaries
  • Naming an executor
  • Appointing a property manager for children’s property
  • Instructing how taxes and debts will be paid

Without a will in place that provides clear instructions, these tasks become much more difficult to discern for everyone involved. Hire an attorney to help create your will so that your wishes will be interpreted clearly and thoroughly.

Why Do I Need a Living Will?

Death is not the only scenario that prevents you from voicing your thoughts. In the case of an event that incapacitates you, expressing your wishes verbally may be impossible. A living will is used to have your wishes understood. A living will handles topics such as the following:

  • Organ donation
  • Autopsy consent
  • What you want done with your body

When you write a living will, the circumstances surrounding incapacity are discussed ahead of time so that you know your decisions will be understood. You must understand that potential situations in which you will be incapacitated are not completely out of your control. Drafted documents will guide such scenarios and keep you involved.  

How to Find a Will and Living Wills Lawyer in San Diego, California

Having a will or a living will is a vital element in distributing property. Without a will of any sort a scenario may arise where your opinions will go disregarded because said opinions are either unknown or unarticulated. Our law firm helps you with your will and living will needs so that your choices do not go unnoticed. If you need assistance working on your wills or living wills in the San Diego, California areas then call now for a consultation.

About Living Trusts

About Living Trusts is hosted by the Law Offices of Merwyn J. Miller, as your online resource center to help you explore these key issues, and others, regarding your estate.

Merwyn J. Miller, J.D.


  • Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
  • Co-Author of legal text book and of “Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home
  • Teacher of law courses at public and private colleges
  • Continuing Education Instructor for attorneys
  • Columnist for largest regional newspaper in San Diego County and professional journals for 15 years, Contributing author to the book “In Your Service: The Veteran’s Friend”
  • Masters Degree in Financial Services - Estate Planning
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Dear Mr. Miller:  My wife and I have an A-B Trust from the late 90’s.  We have about $2.5 million split equally between the house and ...

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